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Vince Vaughn after 'The Internship': Let's get serious

When Vince Vaughn made a huge splash as the “money” L.A. skirt-chaser in 1996’s Swingers, Hollywood knew it liked what it saw. But it wasn’t sure exactly what to do with him. Trent was a machine-gun-mouthed life-of-the-party who drew women — “beautiful babies,” in Trentspeak — like flies, and the tall, kinetic Vaughn was immediately propelled to the top of the lists for new leading man.

Steven Spielberg himself plucked him to be in The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Vaughn subsequently starred with Joaquin Phoenix in a pair of indie dramas, Clay Pigeons and Return to Paradise. Gus Van Sant then cast him as his Norman in his ill-fated, shot-by-shot remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. It really wasn’t until 2003, when Vaughn teamed up with director Todd Phillips and Will Ferrell for Old School, that Vaughn finally let loose as a bona fide comic force, and he’s never really looked back.

But after the lukewarm debut of The Internship — the latest in a string of broad, instantly forgettable comedies — perhaps it’s time for Vaughn to step back and diversify his acting portfolio.
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The wildly different paths of Ethan Hawke and Owen Wilson

In one version of the world, Ethan Hawke and Owen Wilson could have had nearly identical careers.

Both Texas-born and vets of the Austin indie filmmaking scene of the mid-90s, the two actors have since floated through independent, art house, and mainstream projects to varying degrees of success. Hawke, for the most part, stayed indie while Wilson went big. They are the story of Generation-X: Former malcontents grasping for authenticity and fame in an industry that is designed to make those dual aspirations somewhat impossible.

When observed as a series of choices beginning in 1994, the careers of Hawke and Wilson represent a case study of the ever-present tension between Hollywood, independent films, paychecks and prestige, culminating in this bizarre June 2013 weekend where Hawke’s modest $3 million horror film The Purge slayed Wilson’s glossy, “sure-bet” $58 million comedy, The Internship.

So, what happened?

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'Saturday Night Live' recap: Vince Vaughn doesn't have to go home, but he can't stay here

The awkward, rough, trajectory of the Vince Vaughn-hosted Saturday Night Live can best be described by comparing the monologue to the final sketch. We start out with a charismatic, off-the-cuff, fun-loving Vaughn trying to wine and dine the audience like he’s on a first date. He’s improv-ing (if we’re to believe, like SNL’s tumblr says, that none of these people knew Vaughn was going to pick them), having some fun, and getting people on his side. Then, after a long show, we get to the end of the night. We’re weary. We’re wondering why we stayed up so late. And then there’s Vaughn playing a desperate dude at last call, just trying to grab onto something. He started out asking for the audiences’ love and ended settling for a weird planking session with a stranger on a bar.

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Vince Vaughn hosts tonight's 'Saturday Night Live': Talk about it here!

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Although the prospect of Vince Vaughn hosting SNL isn’t as exciting today as it would have been in the mid-’00s —  when the fast-talking Swinger was riding a strong wave of goodwill, thanks to his roles in Old School, DodgeballAnchorman, and Wedding Crashers, not to mention his tabloid-friendly romance with Jennifer Aniston — Vaughn’s hosting stint does open up several alluring possibilities.

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